7 Girls And Boys To Watch At FasTrack Coach O

Reigning defending UIL 3A boys 800m state champ Chase Lehr (Breckenridge) will compete in the 800m

This weekend is perhaps the last opportunity for Texas high school and youth athletes to get an indoor dress rehearsal for the 2023 indoor track and field season.

The indoor national championship circuit isn't until late March and the high school outdoor season is just a week or two away for most schools.

For the FasTrack & Coach O High School Indoor Challenge, we have identified seven girls and seven boys who you will want to keep an eye on for some outstanding track and field action. There are many more who could potentially produce big times, distances, and heights, but these are almost for sure and can't miss athletes.

Check the lists below:

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Kylah Woods wins girls 60m prelims heat 15 with a time of 7.50

7 Girls To Watch For

Chizaram Stephens - Stephens is entered in the 14 year old girls 60 meters and 200 meters; she has seed times of 7.60 and 24.90. Stephens already has an AAU youth following with her AAU All-American performances at the Junior Olympic Games. Last month, she already ran 7.76 and 24.98 at the FasTrak Coach O Youth and High School Opener

Kylah Woods - Woods was also an AAU Junior Olympic Games star and All-American. She has times this indoor season of 7.59, 25.15, and 57.70. She is entered in all three sprint events this weekend along with the 60 meter hurdles for the 15-16 year old girls age group.

Aaliyah Barnes - This indoor season, we've barely seen Barnes being contained. She has burned so many tracks across the Southern United States with PR performances of 7.47 and 24.34. She is listed in the 15-16 year old girls 60 meters and 200 meters this weekend.

Camryn Clark - Clark is known for her long jump and triple jump history. She will compete in the long jump this weekend, but she is also going to work on her speed. She is entered with time of 7.69 60m and 24.62 and we know she has been a integral part last year's impressive Cypress Ranch 4x200 relay. Keep an eye on her in the 17-18 year old girls division.

Jailah Robinson - Robinson is listed in the 17-18 year old girls 60 meters, 400 meters, and the 800 meters.17-18 -Forney - 55.73 seed in the 400m. We aren't too sure of her turnover for the 60 meters, but we'll find out. What is certain is she ran 55.98 at the end of the UIL season and was consistent in the 55s throughout the summer with a 55.73 PR. She has a 2:13 seed in the 800m.

Taylor Nunez - There is no doubt Nunez can sprint with the best of them, but there neither a doubt her long jump capabilities. She has a 20-0 personal best and is the reigning defending UIL 3A state champion in the long jump and will compete in the 15-16 girls division.

Cali Bryant - Bryant is entered in the 15-16 year old girls long jump and high jump competitions. The UIL 6A state meet high jump qualifier is nearing the start to her sophomore outdoor competition, but will give it one more go before heading out into the elements.

Kendrick Jones Jr wins boys 200m prelims heat 4 at Texas Tech with a time of  21.18

7 Boys To Watch For

Kendrick Jones Jr. - We mentioned some AAU Olympic Games stars and All-Americans on the girls side already. Here is one on the boys side. Jones is actually an age group record holder with his 21.25 in the 14 year old boys 200m last summer. Two weekend ago in Lubbock, Jones ran 21.18 an 21.33 in the 200m. He is entered 15-16 yo boys 60m, , 200m, 400m and the long jump. If you're wondering about his PRs outside of the 200m, well they're 10.98 and 23-3.25.

Austen Diggs - Diggs had a much improved meet in Lubbock last month. He ran 6.95 in the 60 meters and his seed times of 6.91 and 21.90 could come to reality this weekend in Houston.

Ty Smedes - Smedes is another athlete who had a personal best day in Lubbock. He ran PRs of 6.98 in the 60 meters and 21.84 in the 200 meters. He is scheduled to compete in them this weekend and we'll see if he is ready for more upgrades.

Ryan Niblett  - The electric four-star wide receiver from Houston Eisenhower has his recruitment officially over now that he has signed to the University of Texas and we might get to see him with all efforts focused completely on track and field for the first time in a while. He is entered in the 17-18 boys division 60 meters, the 200 meters, and the long jump.

Darieus Dixon - Dixon is the first of the next three individuals who we don't have to guess or predict their impact in track and field as they are UIL state champions from 2022. Dixon, the reigning defending UIL 3A 400m state champ is scheduled to run in his signature event. The last time we saw him, he dropped a 48.31 PR.

Kepler Huntress - The reigning defending UIL 5A 800m state champion ran a state leading indoor mark of 1:54.09 last month at the University of Michigan High School Invitational. The Michigan signee will not compete in the 800m rather giving the 400m a go before going outdoors. He ran 50.64 on this very same track in December at the FasTrak Coach O Youth and High School Opener. Look for him to carve out a sub 50. point race on Saturday.

Chase Lehr - The reigning defending UIL 3A 800m champion has been busy this indoor season as he has already competed in four indoor competitions this year. That workman mindset could be on display as he is entered in the 400 meters, the  800 meters, and the 1,600 meters.